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“I don’t like when people say, ‘I’ll pray for you.’… You’re going to pray for me? So basically, you’re gonna sit at home and do nothing? ‘Cause that’s what your prayers are; you doing nothing while I struggle with a situation. So don’t pray for me — make me a sandwich or something.”
Slacktivism ... is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel some amount of satisfaction.
So, does prayer actually do anything for the person being prayed for or is it just a way for the person praying to feel as if they're doing something when actually doing nothing at all?
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Answer by HHx5 at 11:06 AM on Mar. 4, 2013
There are also studies showing prayer makes people worse - the pressure of knowing they're being prayed for adds stress. This is the Harvard one. When you search through the assorted results (they're split about 30/30/30 better/worse/no change), none use the same type of patient, and that may be a factor, too.
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